The Degussa corporation played a pivotal role in the processing of plundered precious metals in Nazi-occupied Europe and controlled the production and distribution of Zyklon B, the infamous pesticide used to gas the inmates of Auschwitz and Majdanek concentration camps, during the Third Reich. Peter Hayes traces the extent of the corporation's involvement in these and other Nazi war crimes, including the Aryanization of Jewish-owned property and the exploitation of forced labor, and delineates the motivations for such conduct.
Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction and overview -- The company, the party, and the regime -- Aryanization -- Autarky and armament -- Precious metals for the Reich -- War production and spoliation -- Forced labor -- Degesch and Zyklon B -- War's end and aftermath -- Appendices. Board members of Degussa, 1933-1945. Vital statistics of Degussa, 1933-1945. Degussa's sales by product line, 1935-1943. Degussa's gross profits by product line, 1932-1944. Degussa's export sales by product Line, 1935-1943. Aryanizations and compensation payments by Degussa, 1933-1960. Growth of the Auergesellschaft, 1933-1945. Main products of the wood carbonization industry and their uses as of 1936. Development of Degussa's output (selected plants and products), 1933-1943. Degussa's precious metals refining and inventories, 1932-1945 (in kilograms) . Degussa's gold and silver separation processes, 1941. Organizational chart of Degussa, 1943. Locations of Degussa's principal plants, 1939-1943. Female, foreign, and forced labor at Degussa (Sample plants and dates), 1940-1945. Degussa's work force circa September 30, 1944. Principal holdings of the Degussa Concern, 1945. Corporate relations in the manufacture and sale of Zyklon B. Significant statistics concerning Zyklon B